Amended in Assembly April 20, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1501


Introduced by Assembly Member Rendon

February 27, 2015


An act to add Article 9.5 (commencing with Section 42100) to Chapter 3 of Part 4 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code, and to addbegin delete Sectionend deletebegin insert Sectionsend insert 3160.5begin insert and 3270.5end insert to the Public Resources Code, relating to oil and gas.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1501, as amended, Rendon. begin deleteWell stimulation treatments: emissions. end deletebegin insertWell stimulation treatments: production facilities: emissions.end insert

(1) Existing law authorizes the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources in the Department of Conservation to regulate the drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of oil and gas wells in the statebegin insert as well as the operation, maintenance, and removal or abandonment of tanks and facilities attendant to oil and gas productionend insert. Existing law generally vests the State Air Resources Board with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution, and air pollution control and air quality management districts with the primary responsibility for the control of air pollution from all sources other than vehicular sources.

This bill would require an air district to establish an emission standard for methane from a well stimulation treatment, as defined,begin insert or a production facility, as defined,end insert and to issue a permitbegin insert or other regulatory documentend insert to an owner or operator to enforce that standard. The bill also would require the emission standard to includebegin delete requirements on the owner or operator to monitor the well stimulation treatment for methane leaks.end deletebegin insert specified components.end insert By adding to the duties of air districts, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

This bill would require the state board or an air district, as appropriate, to install monitoring stations near any site approved by the division for a well stimulation treatmentbegin insert or a production facilityend insert, as specified. By adding to the duties of air districts, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

(2) Existing law makes a violation of any rule, regulation, or order of the state board or an air district a misdemeanor. By expanding the scope of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Article 9.5 (commencing with Section 42100) is
2added to Chapter 3 of Part 4 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety
3Code
, to read:

4 

5Article 9.5.  Well Stimulation Treatmentsbegin insert and Production
6Facilitiesend insert
7

 

begin delete
8

42100.  

For purposes of this article, “well stimulation treatment”
9has the same meaning as in Section 3157 of the Public Resources
10Code.

end delete
11begin insert

begin insert42100.end insert  

end insert
begin insert

For purposes of this article, the following terms have
12the following meanings:

end insert
begin insert

13(a) “Production facility” has the same meaning as in Section
143010 of the Public Resources Code.

end insert
begin insert

15(b) “Well stimulation treatment” has the same meaning as in
16Section 3157 of the Public Resources Code.

end insert
17

42105.  

(a) Notwithstanding any other law, a district shall do
18both of the following:

19(1) Establish an emission standard for methane from a well
20stimulation treatmentbegin insert and a production facilityend insert.

P3    1(2) Issue a permitbegin insert or other regulatory documentend insert to an owner or
2operator to enforce the standard adopted pursuant to paragraph
3(1).

begin delete

4(b) The emission standard adopted pursuant to subdivision (a)
5shall include requirements on the owner or operator to monitor the
6well stimulation treatment for methane leaks.

end delete
begin insert

7(b) The emission standard adopted pursuant to subdivision (a)
8shall include both of the following:

end insert
begin insert

9(1) Requirements on the owner or operator to monitor the well
10stimulation treatment and the production facility for methane leaks,
11as defined by the district.

end insert
begin insert

12(2) A consideration of the effects of a well stimulation treatment
13or a production facility on adjacent vulnerable populations,
14including, but not limited to, school-age children and the elderly.

end insert
15

SEC. 2.  

Section 3160.5 is added to the Public Resources Code,
16to read:

17

3160.5.  

The State Air Resources Board or an air pollution
18control or air quality management district, as appropriate, shall
19install monitoring stations near any site approved by the division
20for a well stimulation treatment. A monitoring station shall be
21equipped to monitor for all of the following:

22(a) Acetaldehyde.

23(b) Acetone.

24(c) Alpha-Pinene.

begin delete

25(d) Dichlorodifluoromethane.

end delete
begin delete

26(e)

end delete

27begin insert(d)end insert Ethanol.

begin delete

28(f)

end delete

29begin insert(e)end insert Ethyl acetate.

begin delete

30(g)

end delete

31begin insert(f)end insert Isobutane.

begin delete

32(h)

end delete

33begin insert(g)end insert Isoprene.

begin delete

34(i)

end delete

35begin insert(h)end insert Methane.

begin delete

36(j)

end delete

37begin insert(i)end insert N-Heptane.

begin delete

38(k)

end delete

39begin insert(j)end insert N-Hexane.

begin delete

40(l)

end delete

P4    1begin insert(k)end insert Propane.

begin delete

2(m)

end delete

3begin insert(l)end insert Toluene.

begin delete

4(n) Trichlorofluoromethane.

end delete
5begin insert

begin insertSEC. 3.end insert  

end insert

begin insertSection 3270.5 is added to the end insertbegin insertPublic Resources Codeend insertbegin insert,
6to read:end insert

begin insert
7

begin insert3270.5.end insert  

The State Air Resources Board or an air pollution
8control or air quality management district, as appropriate, shall
9install monitoring stations near any site approved by the division
10for a production facility. A monitoring station shall be equipped
11to monitor for all of the following:

12(a) Acetaldehyde.

13(b) Acetone.

14(c) Alpha-Pinene.

15(d) Ethanol.

16(e) Ethyl acetate.

17(f) Isobutane.

18(g) Isoprene.

19(h) Methane.

20(i) N-Heptane.

21(j) N-Hexane.

22(k) Propane.

23(l) Toluene.

end insert
24

begin deleteSEC. 3.end delete
25begin insert SEC. 4.end insert  

No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
26Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
27a local agency or school district has the authority to levy service
28charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or
29level of service mandated by this act or because costs that may be
30incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred
31because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a
32crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction,
33within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or
34changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6
35of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.



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